Morocco: Will Air Links soon Be Resumed?

Following the adoption of the bill n°2.20.406, which extends the state of health emergency until July 10th, the Moroccan authorities are working on the different options for the resumption of air links.

On this subject, a reliable source of the Moroccan press has assured that the National Airports Office (ONDA) has succeeded in putting in place all the security measures and reception of passengers. This applies to all the airports of the Kingdom.

These preparations indicate that air links will soon be resumed after a suspension that lasted for months, with all the negative repercussions on the economic and human levels. Thus, it is expected that internal air links will resume as of July 16. Buses, as well as ‘Al Boraq’ and ‘Atlas’ trains will also resume service from the same date.

These internal air links which will be provided by Royal Air Maroc will experience a strong demand from passengers, according to the same source. Especially on the Laâyoune-Casablanca, Oujda-Casablanca and Agadir-Rabat axes, given the number of citizens stranded in one of these cities. These citizens are eager to resume their professional activities in the administrative or economic capital of the Kingdom. For these various routes, the RAM has already planned to make travel tickets available to travelers, starting on 16 June this year.

Concerning international flights, the same source stresses that the file is in the hands of the high authorities of the State. Contacts with the other partner parties abroad are necessary to decide on the date of the resumption of air links. Knowing that the European Union has decided to resume international flights between its member countries from 15 June and that other countries have opted for early July, Morocco is currently studying the possibility of resuming international air links from the first week of next July. This will make thousands of Moroccans still stranded in the USA, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, among other countries in the world very happy.

It should be noted that the Kingdom had taken the decision to suspend its air links with China first. This was followed by France, Spain and other European countries, before the decision was extended to all countries in mid-March 2020.

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